Greatwood pair retain Saffron Walden Golf Club’s Mixed Open titles

PUBLISHED: 10:24 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:24 26 May 2016

Left to right, Jaine Fieldhouse SWGC captain; Alex Greatwood, Frank McDonald, competition organiser, Alice Greatwood, Chris Porter, SWGC captain.

Left to right, Jaine Fieldhouse SWGC captain; Alex Greatwood, Frank McDonald, competition organiser, Alice Greatwood, Chris Porter, SWGC captain.

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Ely Golf Club duo, Alex and Alice Greatwood, retained their Saffron Walden Mixed Open title by the slenderest of margins at the weekend.

Entrants travelled from great distances to compete including the Wares from China Fleet GC in Cornwall who, playing Saffron Walden for the first time, enjoyed the experience so much that they intend to return in the future.

With 42 pairs from 29 clubs competing in good weather, Alex and Alice, playing the competition for the third time, registered a score of 41 points, just one ahead of the field.

After coming third in their first year, they were delighted to win last year and even more elated with their second victory this time around.

Their round, in a four BBB competition, was terrific with Alice scoring on seven of the first nine holes, and Alex on eight of the back nine.

Alex said: “We love the course.

“It is rightly considered the premier course in Cambridgeshire as the slopes, trees and greens present a rigorous challenge.”

Saffron Walden ladies started their quest for county laurels in fine form by winning their first-round match in the Grace Norman Trophy, a foursomes knock-out tournament, beating Girton in a competitive match 2-1.

The team of Morag Hutcheon, Vilma Krinks, Kiyoko McLellan, Lynda Minton, Jacquie Smith and Justine Voss battled strongly and faced a nail-biting finish, as the match was all square with the final pair one up on the 18th tee.

An excellent final putt brought Saffron Walden the victory.


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